School of Ministry

Leeds School of Ministry is part of YTEP, the Yorkshire Theological Education Partnership and provides theological training for lay ministers across the Diocese of Leeds. Teaching takes place in two area hubs: Bingley and Mirfield. Modules are taught using common awards modules from Durham.  Both hubs follow a common programme on alternate years to better support students who need to suspend studies for a term for pastoral reasons.

Who is the School of Ministry for?

The School of Ministry is open to a wide variety of people. Students studying with Leeds School of Ministry come from many different church traditions, educational backgrounds and with a wide variety of life experiences. This diversity makes for a stimulating learning environment where all, staff and students alike, can learn from each other. The two area hubs provide teaching prominantly for those interested in pursuing some form of Lay Ministry, such as Licensed Lay Ministry/Reader Ministry. Some students also complete our courses as part of their exploration of ordained ministry or for their own educational purposes.

What subjects are taught?

Many different theological subjects are taught as part of the School of Ministry programme. These include Biblical Studies (Old and New Testaments), Foundations for Mission and Ministry in Context (a 12 week placement module undertaken in another church), Christian Doctrine and History, Ethics, Preaching for the Contemporary World and Spirituality and Discipleship. 

How do I apply?

The School of Ministry academic year starts every September. If you wish to apply please submit the Initial Lay Ministry Enquiry Form to clearly indicating that you would like to apply for LLM training. You will then need to complete the School of Ministry Application form, with references, by 22nd May. (Please note applicants need to have completed the Introduction to Theology course prior to beginning LLM training). Further information on the application process and all required forms can be found here.

Please send your completed application forms to the Leeds School of Ministry Administrator: Once these have been submitted you will be contacted by one of the hub Principals or the LSoM Administrator and have the opportunity to explore the pathway further. The ‘Initial Lay Ministry Enquiry Form’ can be downloaded here

The Hubs

Bingley Hub

Bingley Trinity Centre, John Escritt Rd, Bingley, BD16 2ST

Training Pathway
Leeds SoM Reader Ministry, Lay Ministry & Independent Student Pathway: Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

Principal: School of Ministry: Bingley Hub


Honorary Assistant Principal: Bingley Hub
Rev'd Helen Collings


Coordinating Formational Mentor: Bingley Hub
Anthea Foy
Mirfield Hub

The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield WF14 0BW

Training Pathway
Leeds SoM Reader Ministry, Lay Ministry & Independent Student Pathway: Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

Revd Canon Dr John Lawson Part-time Principal: Mirfield Hub
Revd Canon Dr John Lawson
Revd Dr Erik Peeters


Honorary Assistant Principal: Mirfield Hub
Revd Dr Erik Peeters


Revd Dr Erik Peeters


Coordinating Formational Mentor: Mirfield Hub
Sarah Hancox


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